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NFL Fantasy Football

The 2019 NFL fantasy football season just finished so what better time to start looking toward the 2020 season then now. Many leagues each year are won and lost over the tight end position. It may be the one position where the great players separate themselves further from the average player, well statistically anyway. Here is a look at the best prospects at the tight end position for your fantasy football league.

It seems obvious, but I have to start out in New England with Rob Gronkowski. The guy simply put is a beast; he had 11 touchdowns in 11 games. It is hard to find the production Gronkowski gives at the tight end position. Even though he finished the 2019 season injured, he will most likely return to his dominate form in 2020. Gronkowski is as valued as any tight end and is a necessity on most fantasy teams; you will need to draft him early, first round maybe.

Next, I am going to head to Dallas to look at the Cowboys fantastic tight end Jason Witten. Witten lead all tight ends in receptions with 110, that's right 110. Now in a points per reception league all those catches really help, but he did struggle to find the end zone. I simply look at that as a fluke, it seems unlikely that Witten will struggle that much again to find the end zone, but I do believe he will keep putting up those fantastic receiving stats.

Finally, I am going to head to New Orleans to look at Jimmy Graham. Graham tallied 85 catches and 9 touchdowns in the 2019 season. He has been a consistent dominate tight end over the past few seasons and we all know New Orleans likes to throw the ball so Graham will most likely have another great season in 2020.

The tight end position is one of the most crucial positions in any fantasy football league. The simple fact that most leagues only start one tight end each week makes it just as valuable as the quarterback, but it seems there are less tight ends that consistently put up big numbers. For your 2020 NFL fantasy football league, consider drafting one of these tight ends early.

 

College Football

Throughout the history of college football there are a countless number of teams that could never get over the hump. Under John Cooper Ohio State had a very tough time trying to beat Michigan. Cooper had a 2-10-1 record against the Wolverines. Under Jim Tressel the Buckeyes beat Michigan and defeated Miami for the National Championship. Ohio State has played in two BCS Title games since the Miami game and participated in two Fiesta Bowls. USC lost to Notre Dame from 1983-1993. It took the arrival of Pete Carroll and years of great recruiting classes to have a seven game winning streak over the Irish. All it takes is one victory for a program to start to believe that it belongs on the big stage. Maybe these programs will finally turn it around in 2009 and qualify for a BCS game.

Pittsburgh Panthers: 25-23 Under Dave Wannstedt; Lost to Oregon State 3-0 in the Sun Bowl

The Big East has not had a dominant team since Virginia Tech and Miami left the conference. West Virginia has been the most consistent with a victory in the Sugar Bowl and Fiesta Bowl in 2004 and 2007. The Mountaineers blew a chance to play for the BCS Championship when the Panthers upset them 13-9. Now West Virginia has lost Pat White to the NFL and Pittsburgh needs to finally win the Big East and go to a BCS game under the guidance of Dave Wannstedt. If Cincinnati can win the Big East and go to the Orange Bowl then Pitt should be able to become very dominant in the league in a hurry. Pitt has experience at QB with Bill Stull throwing for 2,356 yards. Pitt also has good size at WR Greg Cross is 6-2 210, Jonathan Baldwin 6-5 220 and Oderick Turner is 6-3 205. Pitt has a lot of SR’s on defense this year. The Panthers start off the season against Youngstown St., Buffalo, and Navy. There is no excuse for Pitt not to start off the 2009 season 3-0. Their season will come down to games at N.C. State, USF at home, Notre Dame at home and at West Virginia.

Fresno State: 92-61 Under Pat Hill; Lost to Colorado State 40-35 in the New Mexico Bowl

The Bulldogs have a huge reputation of playing anybody, anywhere, anytime. I wish some of the so-called big boys of college football would have the kind of out of conference schedule that Fresno State has played. This season the Bulldogs play at Wisconsin, at Cincinnati and the Bulldogs end the year at Illinois. Fresno State gets a lot of respect for the competition they play against, but at the same time it is almost impossible to run the table with their schedule and make a BCS Bowl. Other Mid-Majors like Boise State, Utah and Hawaii have been to BCS games. The Bulldogs should focus on winning the WAC Conference. From 2002-2006 Boise State won the WAC Championship and only shared the conference crown with Nevada in 2005. Fresno State has not won the WAC since 1999. Talent has not been the problem. The Bulldogs have lost seven of their last eight games to the Broncos. This year Fresno State gets Boise State at home. The Bulldogs have a lot of upperclassmen back on defense. MLB Ben Jacobs led the team in tackles in 2008 with 113. Offensively Fresno State will rely on three above average RB’s in Ryan Mathews, Anthony Harding and Lonyae Miller. All three backs averaged more than 5 YPC in 2008. The Bulldogs might not run the table, but if they play up to their potential they can beat Boise State and win the WAC.

TCU Horned Frogs: 73-27 Under Gary Patterson; Beat Boise State 17-16 in the Poinsettia Bowl

TCU should have a huge advantage over the rest of the MWC, because they should be able to recruit a lot of talent from the state of Texas. One thing that Coach Patterson has built is one of the best defenses in the country. In 2008 the Horned Frogs only gave up 11.3 PPG. DE Jerry Hughes is very hard to block. Last year Hughes led TCU with 15 sacks. When TCU plays at Virginia and Clemson those teams better devise a scheme to get Hughes blocked. TCU has been one of the best teams in the MWC, but they have watched Utah win two BCS games in the last five years. In 2008 Utah got a narrow 13-10 victory over the #11 ranked Horned Frogs. If TCU would have won that game they could have moved up high enough in the polls to qualify for a BCS game. TCU should be the favorite to win the MWC and they should be the most likely Mid-Major to go to a BCS game in 2009. Overall, TCU is better than Virginia and Clemson, but their offense must show up in both of those games. This might be Patterson’s best shot at making a BCS game.

College Football Top 25

PRESEASON AP TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL
(First-place votes in parentheses)

  1.  Alabama (54)
    2009 Record: 14-0
    2010 Opener: Saturday, September 4 vs. San Jose State at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 7 p.m. ET
  2.  Ohio State (3)
    2009 Record: 11-2
    2010 Opener: Thursday, September 2 vs. Marshall at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, 7:30 p.m. ET
  3.  Boise State (1)
    2009 Record: 14-0
    2010 Opener: Monday, September 6 vs. No. 10 Virginia Tech at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, 8 p.m. ET (ESPN)
  4.  Florida
    2009 Record: 13-1
    2010 Opener: Saturday, September 4 vs. Miami (OH) at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field in Gainesville, Florida, noon ET
  5.  Texas (1)
    2009 Record: 13-1
    2010 Opener: Saturday, September 4 vs. Rice at Reliant Stadium in Houston, 3:30 p.m. ET
  6.  TCU
    2009 Record: 12-1
    2010 Opener: Saturday, September 4 vs. No. 24 Oregon State at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, 7:45 p.m. ET (ESPN)
  7.  Oklahoma (1)
    2009 Record: 8-5
    2010 Opener: Saturday, September 4 vs. Utah State at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma, 7 p.m. ET
  8.  Nebraska
    2009 Record: 10-4
    2010 Opener: Saturday, September 4 vs. Western Kentucky at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska, 7 p.m. ET
  9.  Iowa
    2009 Record: 11-2
    2010 Opener: Saturday, September 4 vs. Eastern Illinois at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa, 12:05 p.m. ET
  10.  Virginia Tech
    2009 Record: 10-3
    2010 Opener: Monday, September 6 vs. No. 3 Boise State at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, 8 p.m. ET (ESPN)
  11.  Oregon
    2009 Record: 10-3
    2010 Opener: Saturday, September 4 vs. New Mexico at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon, 3:30 p.m. ET
  12.  Wisconsin
    2009 Record: 10-3
    2010 Opener: Saturday, September 4 vs. UNLV at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, 11 p.m. ET (VERS)
  13.  Miami
    2009 Record: 9-4
    2010 Opener: Thursday, September 2 vs. Florida A&M at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, 7:30 p.m. ET
  14.  Southern California
    2009 Record: 9-4
    2010 Opener: Thursday, September 2 vs. Hawaii at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, 11 p.m. ET
  15.  Pittsburgh
    2009 Record: 10-3
    2010 Opener: Thursday, September 2 vs. Utah at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, 8:30 p.m. ET
  16.  Georgia Tech
    2009 Record: 11-3
    2010 Opener: Saturday, September 4 vs. South Carolina State at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta, 1 p.m. ET
  17.  Arkansas
    2009 Record: 8-5
    2010 Opener: Saturday, September 4 vs. Tennessee Tech at Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Arkansas, 7 p.m. ET
  18.  North Carolina
    2009 Record: 8-5
    2010 Opener: Saturday, September 4 vs. No. 21 LSU at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, 8 p.m. ET (ABC)
  19.  Penn State
    2009 Record: 11-2
    2010 Opener: Saturday, September 4 vs. Youngstown at Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania, noon ET
  20.  Florida State
    2009 Record: 7-6
    2010 Opener: Saturday, September 4 vs. Samford at Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Florida, noon ET.
  21.  LSU
    2009 Record: 9-4
    2010 Opener: Saturday, September 4 vs. No. 18 North Carolina at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, 8 p.m. ET (ABC)
  22.  Auburn
    2009 Record: 8-5
    2010 Opener: Saturday, September 4 vs. Arkansas State at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Alabama, 7 p.m. ET
  23.  Georgia
    2009 Record: 8-5
    2010 Opener: Saturday, September 4 vs. Louisiana Lafayette at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia, 12:20 p.m. ET
  24.  Oregon State
    2009 Record: 8-5
    2010 Opener: Saturday, September 4 vs. No. 6 TCU at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, 7:45 p.m. ET (ESPN)
  25.  West Virginia
    2009 Record: 9-4
    2010 Opener: Saturday, September 4 vs. Coastal Carolina at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia, 3:30 p.m. ET

Also Receiving Votes – Cincinnati 108, Stanford 81, Utah 80, South Carolina 71, Houston 66, Connecticut 32, Notre Dame 31, Missouri 27, BYU 19, Arizona 15, Clemson 15, Texas Tech 14, Navy 12, Washington 8, Texas A&M 7, Mississippi 6, Oklahoma State 3, Central Michigan 2, Middle Tennessee 2, Temple 2, Boston College 1, SMU 1, Central Florida 1.

Are You Ready for Some Football?

Every year I feel an all too familiar itch. Some people may think I need to see a doctor, but I know that the only real cure is to sit on my couch in front of my large screened TV with some kind of greasy potato product and barley fermented beverage. The dose is to be administered every week between the hours of 1 PM EST on Sunday until 1 am Tuesday morning.

That's right, folks. I've got a itch, and the only cure is more NFL football.

When September rolls around and the weather becomes seasonably cooler, the leaves on the trees begin to change color, the air becomes crisper and has a distinguishable smell that can only be experienced and not described. The days become shorter, the weeks feel longer and the longing begins for the weekend when an afternoon of relaxation, and watching helmets crash together is the best medicine. This seasonal affliction has been happening for years, and I wouldn't have it any other way.

Like so many other fans, each week I make my game predictions and possibly place a few wagers. I make changes to my fantasy pools and cheer on teams and individuals that I've placed my faith in (and hard earned money on) to make my NFL football watching experience that much more meaningful. This additional immersion forces me to stay up to date with the daily news surrounding the league and has become a yearly pastime. I know I'm not the only one – there are millions of other men and women who dive head first into the football season to support their teams and favorite players each week.

My wife cannot comprehend it and I simply can't explain it. Watching NFL football has become a way of life and a pleasurable pursuit that I will continue to enjoy when the time arrives, and be disappointed slightly when the party has ended for the season. Once Labour day rolls around, I find myself humming "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" by Andy Williams. The NFL football season is like an early Christmas present for me every year – my team may stink, but the thrill of the sport is the greatest gift of all.

The time has finally come. The itch is starting to fade and the relief is setting in. When Hank Williams Jr. belts out that signature line "Are you ready for some football?" I know my answer will always be an emphatic "YES!" How many of you out there are with me?

Fantasy Football

Quarterback may be the most important position in any fantasy football draft. Obviously there are quarterbacks you really should try and get and some that may seem like good choices but should be avoided. Here are my rankings for quarterbacks you definitely need and the one's you should avoid.

Here are my rankings for the top 4 quarterbacks you should try and get in your fantasy draft, listed in order.

1) Tom Brady
Look for Brady to come off his injury and have a huge season. I know many sources are putting Brady behind Drew Brees, but I can't pass on Brady. Remember '07 when he threw 50 TD's and only 8 picks?

2) Drew Brees
Brees has always put up great numbers with the Saints and I expect him to do the same this year. Expect lots of yards and TD's from Brees, but this year I think Brady is number one.

3) Peyton Manning
Enough said right, Peyton has been the model of consistency throughout his career. While I don't think he is going to put up huge numbers this year, he always puts up good numbers.

4) Philip Rivers
I know a lot of people are not yet sold on Rivers as a Pro Bowl quarterback, but I think this is his year. I think the Chargers will rely more on Rivers this year then they have in the past, so he could put up some great numbers.

Now here is my list of quarterbacks not to draft high. Some because their teams will stink, others because they should have a down year.

1) Jay Cutler
Believe me, I think Cutler is a great QB, but I don't think he has a great offense or passing attack in Chicago. He may prove me wrong down the line, but I don't think he will in his first year.

2) Matt Cassel
Again, more of an unproven thing here. Cassel did well with the Patriots in '08, but the Chiefs are a different team. Cassel takes a lot of sacks, which may lead to him making more mistakes. I would not expect anything more then an average season from Cassel.

3) Kyle Orton
I think the Broncos are going to be a mess this year and the QB on the field will probably be the same. Simply put, the Broncos will be lousy this year and they will rely on the running game.

4) Tony Romo
Now don't get the wrong impression here, I think Romo will have a decent season, but not up to his standards. Dallas is looking to run the ball more this year and that will hurt Romo's stats. He's a fine quarterback, but his numbers will be down this year even though they may win more games.

Good luck in the season and be sure to read my other articles on this years fantasy players.

Pro Football Hall of Fame

16 players are eligible to get the award of a lifetime this year. Its a bronze sculpture made into your likeness at Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton Ohio. Of the 16 only ten will make it 8 recent players and two senior nods and I am here today to make the case for Denver Bronco great tight end Shannon Sharp.

When he retired from the team in 2004 he held every major record for tight ends of all time, receptions 815, receiving yards 10,060 and touchdowns with 62. He has three Super Bowl rings two with Denver and one when the Denver front office got drunk and let him go to Baltimore for two seasons near the end of his 13 year career. Wither its this time or next, Sharpe will one rest with the greats

This years nominees are some of the best players the game has ever seen making it that much harder. There are several pass rushers and receivers trying to make it this year lets see who gets my nod.

  1. Richard Dent – DE – Bears
    2. Bruce Smith – DE – Bills
    3. Rod Woodson – S – Steelers
    4. Chris Carter – WR – Vikings
    5. Derrick Thomas – LB – Chiefs
    6. Andre Reed – WR – Buffalo
    7. Shannon Sharp – Denver
    8. Cortez Kennedy – OG Seattle
    With Claude Humphrey DE and Bob Hayes WR rounding out the selections getting the senior nods this year.

Which reminds me of the mistake the committee for the senior voters have made in the past several years skipping over on football greats Randy Gradishar and Tom Jackson both LBS for Denver. Both played on one of the best defense's in the modern era. The Orange Crush.

The Football Field

The Football Field

The place I spent hours of time, the place where many have sacrificed many more hours of theirs, the battleground; The Football Field. Looking out over the vast green fields, so perfectly manicured and groomed by its almighty caretaker; the Football Coach. The smashing sound of pads colliding, the loud crack as helmets smack each other and the boisterous grunts and cries of the players as they push their bodies to the limits ring out through the air, for all to hear what the Football Field is all about. As one looks up from the middle of the field they get the feeling of perfect serenity as they see the soft, white, puffy clouds drifting across the sky, only somewhat providing protection from the scorch of the fiery sun. These images burn in a player's mind, every day and night.

Zipping across the sky, a small two passenger plane is heard overhead. However slowly the plane goes by, football practice drags on slower, like sand slowly falling in an hour glass, one grain at a time, one minute, one play at a time. Quickly the players run. Quicker and quicker as you hear the coach in the distance yelling "faster; we need to be faster!" No longer do standard rules of regular society apply, but the rules of the Football Field. The loud thumping of a player's heart, the pounding of their feet hitting the ground beat simultaneously ringing in their ears like the beat of a natives drum in an eerie pattern. Although practice goes by seemingly quickly, it really doesn't. They don't know this, however, only the Field does. Blue sky, crisp clean air, relaxing breeze turns to an entrance to hell, thick, barely breathable hot air, and winds that feel like whips on the back of your neck. Despite the cruelty of it all, the Football Field stays relentless.

Even though it sounds like a horrific place, it's not all bad. The feeling of finally running through the end zone in the 4th quarter makes all that worth it; the unforgettable feeling of making a horrendous hit, or slipping past the offensive line and straight to the quarterback for the sack are some of the greatest natural high's in life. Nothing else in life compares to those feelings, those perfect moments the player relives every night as he lays in bed as a middle age, morbidly obese man dreaming of his glory days, and how the Football Field, changed his life.

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